|The Ranger approaches...|
Another thing I've notice is that the bugs are back. Not many mosquitoes yet, or horseflies (thank God) but the little buzzy, annoying, fly-up-yer-nose things have returned. And ticks - can't forget those little monsters - are going strong this year. But the thing I keep thinking about is the roses. The wild roses didn't even really stop growing over this mild winter, and now they're just booming. When I was at Moraine I noticed that every bit of undergrowth I could see was wild roses. There is going to be a LOT of trimming of undergrowth this summer.
|All that green undergrowth is wild rose.|
|The entry moves.|
Sunday morning we had a trail work day at the North Road Nature Preserve. There were about 6 or 7 volunteers that showed up, so we got quite a bit of work done, mostly finishing up a new section of trail. Eric cut a bunch more corridor near the old road, and we also moved in some more rocks. Kenny was the staff photographer for the day, and took some great shots.
Sunday afternoon I got in a little bit of a gravel grinder out around West Branch. I parked by the mtb trails, but since the park closes the trails until just before Memorial Day to keep people from rutting them up (though they aren't muddy at all right now I betcha) I kept on the road. It was a nice little ride, with a couple of hills and some bumpy potholed roads. The sun was out doing it's thing and I was loving it.
At the parking pull-off just past where I parked someone had abandoned a bunch of cats. I checked them out while I was there and they seemed to be very friendly and in good shape. It was hard to forget about them out there, so I ended up heading back out there to see if they were still there. Sure enough, once I got back into the woods a bit I found them - except one kitten was missing. So now we have a new kitten in the house (there was no way we could take all four of them).
|The white one with the black "horns" is the one that came home with me.|
Diana had mentioned a couple of times that she'd like to have a cat again, and I knew Kenny would love it, so we have a new pet. I'm sure it will be all the fun that I remember (unfortunate heavy sarcasm). Still, it is a sweet and friendly little cat. Lets see if it meows all night...